ELLSWORTH, Maine — Police arrested a part-time firefighter after the Fire Department reported he stole from an auxiliary group that raises money to do good in the community.
Roger Salley, 46, was arrested on charges of Class C theft on Sept. 20 and released the same day. He was the treasurer of the Senator Hale Hose Company from which he stole $9,000.
The Senator Hale Hose Company is a historic group composed of Ellsworth’s full- and part-time firefighters. The group raises money for social projects, such as scholarships and this year’s Maine State Federation of Firefighters Convention, according to Chief Richard Tupper of the Ellsworth Fire Department.
Tupper said he’s “disappointed more than anything — and surprised” by Salley’s actions.
“He has an addiction,” Lt. Harold Page of the Ellsworth Police Department said Thursday. “I can’t go into any further detail than that.”
The Fire Department became aware money was missing on Sept. 17 when a bank called and informed them that the Senator Hale Hose Company’s account had been overdrawn, police said.
Page said Salley had been withdrawing money from the account over a two-month period. When he was confronted by other members of the Fire Department, he returned all the money, the lieutenant said.
Salley also worked on Ellsworth’s highway crew. He is on administrative leave from both his jobs and has been relieved of his responsibilities as treasurer of the Senator Hale Hose Company.
When reached by phone Thursday, Salley declined to comment.
The Class C offense is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. Salley is due in court Oct. 17.
Correction: An earlier version of this story listed Chief Roger Tupper of the Ellsworth Fire Department. It is Richard Tupper.